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Jan 11, 2011

Computer giant Intel will pay graphic chip maker Nvidia $1.5 billion to settle a dispute over the licensing of patents between the two companies, reports The Associated Press.

The dispute began in February 2009, when Intel sued Nvidia over claims that the graphics company would have to pay for a new license to gain access to technology it needed to make its products compatible with those produced by Intel.

Dec 30, 2010

Sony has filed a patent infringement complaint against LG Electronics regarding its use of certain technology in some of its mobile phones, reports Bloomberg.

In total, Sony accused LG of violating seven of its patents.

Dec 17, 2010

Eastman Kodak and Shutterfly.com have filed mutual patent infringement lawsuits against one another regarding online photography technology, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Kodak filed the initial suit, claiming that Shutterfly's service allowing customers to purchase images festooned with their personal photos online violated its patent. The photo giant is reportedly seeking an injunction and damages.

Dec 8, 2010

Some patents belonging to money transfer company Western Union were declared invalid in a decision reversing a previous ruling that ordered competitor MoneyGram International to pay $16.5 million for intellectual property violations, according to Bloomberg.

The newly invalid patents cover a system allowing customers to transfer money by storing transfer details with a financial institution over the phone and completing their transaction at a retail location.

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Nov 30, 2010

The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear an appeal filed by Microsoft regarding the burden of evidence in patent infringement lawsuits.

The initial lawsuit, filed by Toronto tech company i4i, claimed that two versions of Microsoft Word infringed on an i4i software patent. A Texas jury sided with the Canadian company, and a federal judge blocked Microsoft from selling Word 2003 and Word 2007 and ordered the software giant to pay $290 million in penalties.